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Murder List: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Regan Hamilton Madison is perfect. Shes gorgeous ("a knockout with those full, luscious lips, to say nothing about the soft curves and long legs") but doesnt seem to be aware of it. Shes rich (her family owns a hotel empire), but as head of her familys foundation, she spends her time giving money away. She even drives an old car. She doesnt have a boyfriend, but she does have a stalker, a psychopath bent on killing her. Enter Alec Buchanan, a smart detective who just happens to be perfect himself. Hes gorgeous, "scruffy
he had impeccable manners, was obviously well-educated, and had a sense of humor." And he doesnt have a lover either. Regan draws up the titular murder list at the request of a guru/messiah who preys on "rich but lonely vulnerable women" (its supposed to be cathartic) and who is the villain of a subplot. Although Regan is much too nice to want to murder anybody, she whimsically makes a list of the people shed like to remove from her radar screen. When the people on Regans list begin to die, though, the plot moves into high gear. By that time the reader is pages ahead of the clearly telegraphed plot developments, and even the real mysterieswhy Regan? who is the psycho killer?are solved by the reader long before the characters see the light. Bestseller Garwood (Killjoy, etc.) has her shining moments, but she serves up a predictable woman-in-peril suspense novel this time around.
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There are few authors who can weave nail-biting thrills, edge-of-your-seat drama, and romantic suspense as masterfully as Julie Garwood. Now she ratchets up the tension with "Murder List, in which evil is on the hunt- and proves to be methodically organized and chillingly successful.
When Chicago detective Alec Buchanan is offered a prime position with the FBI, it is the perfect opportunity to leave the Windy City and follow in his brothers' footsteps to the top echelons of law enforcement. But first he must complete one last assignment (and one that he is not too happy about): acting as a glorified bodyguard to hotel heiress Regan Hamilton Madison. The gorgeous exec has become entangled in some potentially deadly business. Someone has e-mailed her a graphic crime-scene photo-and the victim is no stranger.
Regan suspects that the trouble started when she agreed to help a journalist friend expose a shady self-help guru who preys on lonely, vulnerable women. In fact, the smooth-as-an-oil-slick Dr. Lawrence Shields may be responsible for the death of one of his devotees, which was ruled a suicide. Hoping to find some damning evidence, Regan attends a Shields seminar.
At the gathering, the doctor persuades his guests to partake in an innocent little "cleansing" exercise. He asks them to make a list of the people who have hurt or deceived them over the years, posing the question: "Would your world be a better place if these people ceased to exist? Treating the exercise as a game, Regan plays along. After ten minutes, Shields instructs the participants to bring their sheets of paper to the fireplace and throw them into the flames. But Regan misses this part of the program when sheexits the room to take a call-and barely escapes a menacing individual in the parking lot.
The experience is all but forgotten-until the first person on Regan's list turns up dead. Shock turns to horror when other bodies from the list start to surface, as a harrowing tango of desire and death is set into motion. Now brutal murders seem to stalk her every move-and a growing attraction to Alec may compromise her safety, while stirring up tender emotions she thought she could no longer feel. Yet as the danger intensifies and a serial killer circles ever closer, Regan must discover who has turned her private revenge fantasies into grisly reality.
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The trouble is that once she is an adult -- a rather naïve one at that -- her brothers are still trying to control her. When she is with her friends, Regan seems the most believable. I do not think she is a wimp, however, but gets her way through more subtle means.
The Murder List is a great idea and I don't want to spoil how that all comes about. The self-styled guru, Dr. Shields, is also a common type and I loved seeing what happens to him.
A fun but light read!
First off, it wasn't horrible. In fact, if this was to be the first Julie Garwood book for you to read, then you would probably enjoy it. I would definately encourage anyone who is a fan of romance/suspense books to buy it. However, it definately lacks the "magic" that her previous books have and so current Garwood fans may find that this book doesn't stand up to her past best sellers.
I too felt that most of the book was based on the psychiatrist and the chase that Sophie and Cordie were executing. Very little "sparks" between Alec and Regan. You just didn't feel that instant and strong chemistry that is usually there at first meeting between the heros and heroines. And very good point about Walker not even appearing in the book. Only mention of him and yet the major point of the "suspense" was based on him.
And I'm sorry, but I don't even see how it is possible that a Julie Garwood contemporary romance/suspense book can be considered complete without Noah at least making an appearance towards the end of the book (as in Killjoy). I mean come on, he is what brings the humor and the major hearthrop, melt in your mouth, give me the hots kind of hunk that is a necessity to any book associated with the romance genre. Don't get me wrong, Alec was hot, but I kept thinking "wait a second, this would be the perfect opportunity for Noah to tease Alec a little like he did to Nick, Theo, and John Paul or maybe flirt with Regan to get Alec's temper going." I dunno, I just felt like something was missing during the whole book. A couple of phone conversations with Noah didn't make up for it either.
But, there is suspense. Just not as much as in Killjoy or Heartbreaker. And it did lack the chemistry that Mercy had. But since it IS Julie Garwood and because it DID keep my attention... I give it a 3. Let's just hope Slow Burn has a little bit less "psych hunts" and A LOT more Noah!
I am still a JG fan but I hope the next book will be back up to the 5 star standard.